You don’t need a doctor or expensive estrogen treatments to deal with many of the early signs of menopause. In fact, you can handle most of them yourself. For help identifying several of the stages and symptoms of menopause along with advice on how to cope with them, keep reading.
Discomfort with Hot Flashes
Hot flashes are a common side effect of menopause, and they can happen anywhere and at any time, though they’re often brought on by stress or even a reaction to spicy foods.
To help keep hot flashes at bay, carry a small portable fan and a few moist towelettes in your purse. Having a bottle of ice-cold water on hand can also help. Try freezing a bottle in the freezer the night before and then bringing it with you in your purse.
If you’re having trouble focusing or remembering just exactly what it is you’re doing at the grocery store, don’t worry – it’s a common symptom of menopause. Fight this problem by carrying a small notepad with you so you can jot down helpful reminders or list and place them in visible places.
If you’re a little bit more high-tech, then consider writing yourself reminders on your Blackberry or other portable device. You can keep track of more than just your meetings and contacts.
Increased or Abnormal Hair Growth
Due to the sudden increase in male hormones, many menopausal women are forced to deal with hair growth in new places. To keep chin hairs at bay, place a pair of tweezers in your purse. Look for errant hairs while in the car since the sunlight is a great, natural beauty light.
Unexpected Sweating at Night
Night sweats are a nighttime manifestation of hot flashes, causing you to wake up soaking wet and often disturbed or anxious. To fight night sweats, keep your bedroom cool (below 70 degrees) and try relaxing before bed. You may also want to spend the money on a high-quality pair of sweat-wicking pajamas.
Joint and Bone Pains
Bone and joint stiffness or pain is a common occurrence in menopausal or post-menopausal women. To protect your bones and your joints, watch your calcium intake and always carry a few calcium candies with you in your purse.
Dry and Irritated Eyes
One of the most common first signs of menopause is dry or irritated eyes – a problem brought on by hormone fluctuations. To combat this problem, invest in over-the-counter and preservative free artificial tears.
Women entering into their menopausal phase of life may find a number of uncomfortable experiences invade their days. But a little careful preparation to counter these sensations can make a noticeable difference in day-to-day quality of life.
By: Trevor Price
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